Forest to Table: Edibles from the Forest
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Forest to Table, a panel discussion and dialog, brings together an interesting trio of speakers who will conduct a conversation on native fruit trees as an essential and fascinating part of the urban forest. We’ll look at the urban forest as a source of food for both humans and wildlife, and where food is found, communities grow. Join Trees Atlanta as we host a novelist in search of PawPaws, the “Atlanta Fruit Tree Man”, and a conservationist of backyard habitats. Our conversation will explore fruit trees as foraged food, cultivated fruits, and places that support all parts of the urban ecology.
- Andy Moore has written a travel journal and ode to a fruit tree in his debut novel, “Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit.” A journalist and writer, Moore plumbs deeper into questions about America’s food ways—how economic, biologic, and cultural forces combine to lead us to eat what we eat, and sometimes ignore the incredible, delicious food growing within reach.
- Robert Hamilton is known locally as the “Atlanta Fruit Tree Man”. Hamilton is a Spelman College computer graphics instructor who regularly teaches fruit tree classes at Oakhurst Community Garden. He advocates urban dwellers grow their own fruit trees. According to the Fruit Tree Man, there’s a great big world of Georgia-friendly fruits out there to be explored!
- Cindy Mayer works with local property owners to establish their yards as beneficial habitats for wildlife. As the Volunteer Coordinator for the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Certification program at The Atlanta Audubon Society, Mayer encourages establishing our backyards as a more stable, diverse system, that improves our local ecosystem. Trees are a critical part of that environment that provides habitat and food for wildlife, including birds, and the humans that enjoy watching them.
The expert panel will review their participation in this field of arboriculture and answer questions from the audience. Special beverages from tree-based flavors will be served.
There is very limited parking available at the TreeHouse (112 Krog Street, Ste 7). We are located right on the Eastside Trail of the BeltLine near Irwin Street access point. Carpooling, biking, walking encouraged.